I recently completed a month’s worth of yoga sessions. (I had a Groupon.) I figured it would be good for me, help with some of my flexibility issues, and improve the strength of the knee I injured last year.
And I was right.
What I didn’t expect was that I would learn some valuable principles that could be applied to my spiritual life.
I know some Christians are leery of yoga and the values espoused therein. I understand that. However, my yoga classes were of the secular variety and the principles . . . well, you’ll see.
Lesson One: Be still.
The studio was dark and hot. We were told to go in early, place our mat on the floor, lie down, and get still. Much of yoga is a study in concentration, and when there are too many distractions that’s impossible.
Getting still is an actual commandment. Maybe it didn’t make the top 10, but Psalm 46:10 is pretty clear: “Be still and know that I am God.” I don’t know about you, but I can’t hurry up and be still—it takes time. It takes effort.
When I got to class I would lay on my little mat in that dark, humid room thinking about Psalm 131: “I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself . . .”
Calm. Quiet. How long has it been since you experienced those? (Especially at the same time.)
It’s not easy to achieve “still.” But once you get there, it’s wonderful.
Try it today. I think you’ll be amazed at how good it makes you feel.